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Literature for the rainbow nation: The case of sol Plaatje's Mhudi

Johnson, David (1994). Literature for the rainbow nation: The case of sol Plaatje's Mhudi. Journal of Literary Studies, 10(3-4) pp. 345–358.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/02564719408530088
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Abstract

The rise in critical status of Sol Plaatje's Mhudi is traced, with the connections between the changing political conditions and the (increasingly generous) receptions of the novel sketched. Brief comparisons to canon construction in Roman, English, and United States literatures provide a basis for the argument that a conservative aesthetic is likely to prevail in the new South Africa, with writing “too angry”, “not literary enough”, and “not truly South African” marginalised. Brief suggestions are given as to how such an aesthetic might be resisted.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 0256-4718
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities > English & Creative Writing
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Postcolonial and Global Literatures Research Group (PGL)
Item ID: 47113
Depositing User: David Johnson
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2016 15:39
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:49
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/47113
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